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Primary school wordsmiths team up in Tasmania

Eight primary schools between Launceston and Beaconsfield participated in the annual Write a Book in a Day competition at their local LINC on Friday 28 July, 2017.

Locals know LINC is an initiative of the Tasmanian Department of Education and provides residents of the island state with public library services and facilities along with many other services to the community.

In all, twelve teams of students started their day at 8am and finished at 8pm in the event that sees grade five pupils and above team up in small groups to write, illustrate and edit their very own book.

Stefan Boscia representing The Examiner newspaper had the chance to interview those involved including Layla, a grade five pupil from Beaconsfield primary, who enjoyed the chance to collaborate with different people.

“We have three illustrators and the rest of us type our chapters. It’s nice to work with people you don’t usually work with,” she said.

The event was spearheaded by Doug Grubert from Launceston Grammar School, and LINC manager Garry Cooper-Conroy.

“We see the LINC as the community living room for Launceston. It’s really for everyone,” Mr Cooper-Conroy said.

All proceeds for Write a Book for a Day go towards childhood cancer research via The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Tasmanian students and teachers who would like to get involved can email Doug [email protected] to enter their school in the competition.